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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(814) 573-1251 Club President
www.metro-mcgregor.com
2-25 -20 Meeting 

President Lindsey Lenhart called the meeting to order. Attendance total:26,members-21, other Kiwanis members-2, Bob Kemper/NC, Dick Boardman Iowa, Guests: Paul's sister Audrey, Bill's friend Wally, speaker Janet Bartos.  The 50/50 was won by Kim but she did not pull the ace of hearts so jackpot rolls over. 

           Announcements/Reminders
  • Our meeting location on March 17th will be at Pine Manor Community Center. We'll have a modified meeting, lunch and tour of the facility. Address is: 5547 Tenth Ave., Fort Myers 33907 We'll need to know who is attending by March 10th 
     
  • Bring in your old Kiwanis magazine to recycle in our member recruitment folders. 
  • DCM-Division Council Meeting: the next one is April 28th and our club will be hosting all clubs in our division. Governor Allen is attending. Location: the United Way building, 5:45pm. Would you like to help with the planning? See Lindsey.
     
  • The next 5th Tuesday is March 31st. We'll be having an evening social. Stay tuned for details. 



1st- Marilyn Weinstein

19th- Susan Hornung

24th-Linda Parrish

                                                               Service 

LAST CALL: Read Across America Day: Rayma C. Page has invited us to come visit kiddos and read a book to them on Monday March 2nd. This is a national event where local schools invite community members to read to kiddos. This event encourages young readers to love reading. It would be about an hour at our school. You pick your time frame between 9:15am-2:30pm. They will have the children's books available for you. Address: 17000 S. Tamiami Trail.

  If you are interested, sign up here    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ea8ad2ba1fc1-read1 or you can sign up by giving Dennette Foy a call   239-432-2 737

Please remember to bring your photo id for security check in. They will have a hospitality room with refreshments and student ambassadors in the library to greet you and escort you to classrooms.  

Oasis Reading/Mentoring (Stewart Ross) weekly  at Orangewood  Elementary on Wednesdays  9:30am-10:10am. Please let Stewart know if you can help. Four volunteers are needed each week. 

MS Support Group(Bill Grant), meets 3rd Thursday of each month at St. Hilary Episcopal Church. 

Literacy Buddy  Last book is due to the children April 17th. 

Diaper Drive: Cathy Smith has organized a collection for Eva's Closet, an agency that spoke to our club last fall. Sizes needed 4-5-6. Harris is going to place a bulk order if you would like to contribute. Our club is also going to make a financial contribution toward buying diapers.
                                             
                                              SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)          

Aktion Club -(Karen Hurst) at LARC. Meets 2nd Tuesday at 8:30am, year-round. Bring in clean/used T-shirts for Karen to take as they are making more dog toys. 

CKI Club- at FGCU. (Stewart Ross)  CKI Mentorship-   http://bit.ly/KiwanisMentor

Key Club-(Harris Segel) Collegiate High on FSW campus. 

Builder's Club-(Barbara Hartman, Todd Adams, Ada Trapanese) Cypress Lake Middle. 

K-Kids-(Kim Berghs) Littleton Elementary. Upcoming meetings:  March 11, March 25th at 2:15pm.  .They are working on Best Buddies Walk. Who can attend these meetings? 
                                        Today's Program: Homeless Coalition

Our speaker today was Janet Bartos, Executive Director of Lee County Homeless  Coalition. There are 27 such coalitions in Florida. Their mission is to advocate, educate, and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration collaboration, planning , and implementing solutions. Janet provided us with reasons why people experience loss of housing. She provided us with statistics from 2019 on how many homeless people are in our community. We also learned that so far in 2020 there are 1,000+local children that meet the definition of homeless. Janet provided examples of the types of resources the coalition provides. 
What to support the coalition in their upcoming 5K Homeless Hustle Run/Walk? It's March 21st at 8am at Lakes Park. Help raise awareness and help fund the fight against homelessness. 
Refreshments and awards follow the race.  Want to learn more? www.leehomeless.org
To reach Janet, 239-322-6600 or janet@Leehomeless.org
 
Pictured above are Janet Bartos (L) and President Lindsey. 

                                                       March of Dimes

March of Dimes is a program that aligns with our Kiwanis mission and also supported by Kiwanis International. Rachel and Matt's family is the Lee County March of Dimes Ambassador Family for 2020.

Here is how we can support March of Dimes this year: 

1. Walk with us on Saturday, April 25th at the March of Dimes March for Babies in Centennial Park in Fort Myers. Join our team at:  http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/TeamToomey

2. Donate to Team Toomey


In person. There will be a bucket going around at our meetings
 
 Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/donate/476358803032217                                                        

3. Bring a friend to the March 10th meeting. Our speaker is from the March of Dimes.

  Meetings

March 3rd
Ft. Myers Symphonic Mastersingers-
Tony Contino and Elise Rose

Board meeting  at Ada's March 
10th at 6pm. 


March 10th
March of Dimes, Emily Clark

March 17th
Meeting at 
Pine Manor

March 24th
Learning for Life, Tina Pegler

March 31st
Committee
Meetings.
Evening Social.



Where/when we meet: 11:30am on Tuesdays at Shoeless Joe's in the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers 33907 
          Defining Statement

   "Kiwanis is a global
    organization of volunteers
    dedicated to improving the
    world, one child and one
     community at a time."

   
  Fort Myers Metro-McGregor
               Club Officers
President: Lindsey Lenhart
President-Elect: Cathy Smith
Treasurer: Todd Adams
Secretary: Kim Berghs
Immediate Past President: Rachel Toomey 
    

          Florida Division 19
Lt. Governor -  Tina Pegler. 
TPegler@LFLmail.org

Foundation Trustee-Bruce Boyd 
bdklg12@gmail.com

      
            Florida District 
            www.FLKiwanis.org
Governor is Allen Yergovich
Governor-Elect is Mary-Lynn Desjariais.

The Florida District, comprised of the more than 240 clubs and over 7,500 Kiwanians within Florida. Florida is one of the largest and most successful districts in Kiwanis International.

        Kiwanis International 
             www.Kiwanis.org

President  is Daniel Vignerom
from Luxembourg.
President-Elect is Arthur Riley, Westminster, Maryland.
                    Save the Date

Aktion Club Week March 2-6
April 8th   Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL, Bling & Bags Bingo

April 11th -Egg Hunt at Wa-Ke-Hatchee Rec Center

April 24th - March of Dimes Walk

April 28th- DCM, our club is hosting


ICON-June 17-20, Indianapolis. Early bird registration is open. 

DCON-August 13-16, Orlando

Ronald McDonald House meal prep dates: 
May 13, June 14, July 19, August 29


           Our club charter date:
                 July 23, 1980


Please save year-round...
Aluminum pull tabs for K-Kids for Ronald McDonald House. To Kim during the school year.  Cathy in summer.


Plastic bottle caps-collection temporarily suspended pending outcome of first bench


Delicious Dining Discount Book Fundraiser
Todd Adams, Chair
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